It's intergenerational equity day today here at the Copenhagen climate talks and the Bella Centre is alive with young people wearing Australian designed bright orange t-shirts emblazoned with the slogans "How old will you be in 2050?" and "don't [bracket] our future?"
The slogans are a reference to the grindingly slow and tedious negotiating process of ‘bracketing' controversial text. In global negotiations when there is text that is not agreed by all parties it is put in brackets for negotiation and discussion at a future date. The youth are calling on global leaders to adopt strong emission reduction targets and a just and fair financing mechanism to help with mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.
The Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) is here in force and tracking the negotiations with enthusiasm. It is gratifying to see young Australians engaging so effectively in global negotiations.
Around the Bella centre there are events in which several of the 2000 youth delegates here are drawing attention to the fact that world leaders have been talking and negotiating for 17 years, the age of many of these youth delegates. The youth are telling leaders that their time is up and a legally binding decision to secure their future needs to be made here in Copenhagen.
You can see one of the AYCC flash dances and the bemused reaction of the crowd here.